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05/07/2018

2018 Illinois Bike Summit

Join us on Monday, May 7 at the University of Illinois at Chicago for a day of learning and networking with up to 300 bicycle advocates, planners, civil engineers, elected officials, and others from around the state. With a range of session topics – from bikeway design and tips to advocacy and community engagement – the summit offers strategies to help you make progress in your town.

We’re working to put together an exciting agenda for 2018, and we’re pleased to announce that Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn and Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld will participate as keynote speakers. Other current session topic highlights include:

  • Chicago bike infrastructure – presentation and mobile workshops
  • STAR (Small Town and Rural) bike infrastructure
  • Chicago River and other trail campaigns
  • Modest improvements for more bicycle-friendly road projects
  • Comparing bike share models:  Divvy, Zagster, dockless
  • Chicago’s Vision Zero education and bike ambassadors
  • BikeSafetyQuiz.com in schools, drivers ed, and more
  • Bike Walk Every Town advocacy training
  • Creative marketing for bike events
  • And much more

Register by February 15 to take advantage of our early bird discounted rates! Explore more event details by clicking on the plus signs below.

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Registration Rates

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Early Bird Registration Rates – Available through February 15
Non-member: $65
Member: $50
Student: $30

Regular Registration Rates – Beginning February 16
Non-member: $99
Member: $65
Student: $40

Join Ride Illinois to be eligible for a members’ discount. An annual membership starts at $30. If you’re unsure of your membership status, email us at info@rideillinois.org.

If the summit cost is an obstacle to your attendance, contact
summit@rideillinois.org to apply for a scholarship or reduced fee.

Location & Time

Monday, May 7, 2018
8:30 am – 9:15 am – Coffee Talks
9:30 am – 3:30 pm – Summit Program
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Networking Reception

University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East
3rd Floor Conference Center
750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607

Paid Parking is available at the Halsted/Taylor Parking Structure across the street from Student Center East building. Enter the parking garage at 760 W. Taylor St.

Program & Session Topics

We are working to put together an exciting program. Please check back as we continue to confirm and finalize our breakout sessions, speakers, and schedule.

  • IDOT’s Randy Blankenhorn and Chicago DOT’s Rebekah Scheinfeld
  • Chicago bike infrastructure – presentation and mobile workshops
  • STAR (Small Town and Rural) bike infrastructure
  • Chicago River and other trail campaigns
  • Modest improvements for more bicycle-friendly road projects
  • Comparing bike share models:  Divvy, Zagster, dockless
  • Chicago’s Vision Zero education and bike ambassadors
  • BikeSafetyQuiz.com in schools, drivers ed, and more
  • Bike Walk Every Town advocacy training
  • Creative marketing for bike events
  • And much more

We also welcome public suggestions and proposals for session topics and speakers. Please fill out our online form to submit your ideas and requests to participate as a speaker.

Coffee Talks - Early Morning Session

All attendees are welcome to Coffee Talks will be held at 8:30 am – 9:15 am at the conference site before the Summit program officially begins. These are casual, small group discussions on specific topics that will be posted in the coming months.

Mobile Workshop Sessions

Summit attendees can sign up to explore Chicago bike infrastructure by bicycle in our mobile workshops. A morning session (20 participants max) and an afternoon session (40 participants max, broken into 2 groups) will be led by Chicago Dept. of Transportation experts. Participants will ride Divvy bicycles supplied by the Chicago Department of Transportation.

We anticipate demand for these sessions will exceed capacity. If you are interested in participating in one of the mobile workshops, please select a preference on the registration form. Confirmation of your spot in a workshop will be emailed to you closer to the event date.

Continuing Education Credits

Many of the summit’s breakout sessions will likely be approved for planners’ CM credits. A technical track of breakout sessions will also offer 4 hours of PDH credits. We will post detailed continuing education credits info as we finalize all of our program sessions and topics.

Contact us at summit@rideillinois.org if you have any questions.

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